Final Call to York Athletes

Final Call to York Athletes to Apply for Sports Grants 

Applications to GLL Sport Foundation close on 20th February 2020

Applications for financial and practical support from the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) close on 20th February 2020.  The Foundation helps talented young athletes reach their sporting potential and is the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme in the UK.

The Foundation was launched in 2008, by charitable social enterprise, GLL – operator of public leisure facilities in York; it provides athletes with financial support, physiotherapy and free gym memberships at GLL-operated facilities across the UK.

2019, GSF supported over 3,000 athletes across 117 sporting disciplines, taking its total investment to £11 million in 11 years. 

Previously, this support has contributed to the success of athletes including Olympic and World Champion Anthony Joshua and Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds.

At the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, GSF-supported athletes won a total of 22 medals.

Applications can be submitted via


Notes to editors

About GLL/Better: 

Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Operating under the Better brand, we manage over 270 public sport and leisure centres, 113 libraries and 10 children’s centres in partnership with 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations.  GLL has 850,000 members and welcomes 54 million customer visits per year.

Alongside our core leisure and library divisions, we also operate in sport and legacy development, health intervention and education – as well as running the GLL Community Foundation focussed on supporting local projects and the GLL Sport Foundation; the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, focussed on supporting today’s and tomorrow’s athletes.

For further press information

Carole Pendle

On behalf of GLL

T: 07768462601